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Andrew Monteith


Research Interests


Andrew Monteith entered the Religion in the Americas PhD track in 2012. His research usually revolves around US religion and concepts of war. His master's thesis (Memorial University of Newfoundland) was an ethnographic study of Charismatic spiritual warfare in Tennessee; however, during his time at Indiana, he has also become interested in the relationship between religion and more material forms of war. His dissertation, “Threatening the Very Foundations of Civilization”: Religion and the American Drug War, 1875-1937, argues that American Protestants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries interpreted narcotics as a spiritual threat, a cause of moral degeneracy, and a threat to national and global security.

He has also thoroughly enjoyed teaching at Indiana University, and is currently looking forward to a yearlong teaching fellowship at Butler University (2017-18).


“The Words of McKenna: Healing, Political Critique, and the Evolution of Psychonaut Religion Since the 1960s Counterculture”, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, December 2016

“The Body of Faith”, Journal of Religion, (book review) January 2015

“Demons, Exoticism, and the Academy”, The Religious Studies Project, April 17, 2014

The Light and the Night: An Ethnographic Examination of Spiritual Warfare, (Master’s Thesis), April 2010


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